RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
This special release of our acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for over 9 months in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffians edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Each limited edition, individually-numbered bottle is special in its own right. This rounded wonder clocks in at 85-90 IBUs.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours a brownish dark maroon color, with a medium light beige head. Smells of rich bourbon, vanilla cream, caramel, dark fruits, and yeast. Really dug that nose. Awesome. The flavor was of Rich caramel cream and bourbon, with dark fruits, and malts balancing it out, so it wasnt overly hot or a bourbon bomb. Went down smooth as silk, and was extremely flavorful. Great barrel aging on this brew, as it seemed made just right for it. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3033) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy Ditmeir. Pours a dark browish toffee color with a thick tan head. Wonderful big aroma of bourbon, barrel, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and spicy hops. Complex and tasty, this was awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10920) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle opened by JW77...thanks for sharing this gem Jon. Pours a nice dark brown colo with a light tan head. Aroma is damn nice...tons of bourbon, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, syrup and caramel. Flavor is full of sweet bourbon, oak, lots of vanilla, brown sugar...mmmm mmmm good!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4012) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
Tasting at TARs. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Smells of oak and vanilla. Very sweet with aromas of caramel and almond. Also hints of grains and nuts. Heavy aromas of alcohol. Aromas of cask wood and vanilla and hints of earth. Some residual sweetness towards the end with aromas of brown sugar. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sweet and bitter finish with a hint of chalk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle at the Brewery Room of the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and very strong in alcohol with a bitter and slightly dry warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2009
What a great beer. The pour is a clear dark brown with a bit of a tan head. The nose is wonderful chewy malts and big hops with a nice compliment from the bourbon barrel. All of the great Ruffian flavors are there and the booze and oak are just along for the ride. Full and rich with a dry alcoholic finish. I love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
thanks kan! pours dark amber, off white head. nose is bready, vanilla, and oak. flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, slightly smokey finish. booze in there of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
(Sample Date: 6/6/2009 Source:Other) RB Richmond Gathering. Bottle 193/461 obtained at the brewery. Aroma of dark fruits and some wood, caramelized sugar, and hint of alcohol. Clear dark amber brown with small white head. Deep dark fruits, oak dark sugars, and hints of creosote in the flavor. Finish is dry and moderately bitter with whiskey and wood coming through. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Thick, viscous brew both in appearance and mouth feel. Hearty aroma of dark, fermented fruits, bran cereal, and bitter-sweet baked goods. The scent permeates the air around the glass and invites you in for a great experience. Smooth whiskey effect ties the malty flavors with the floral hints. Nutty with plenty of roasted malts and green faded hops. Complex and well aged, it awakens all of the senses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Big Malt aroma with a great Barrel aroma.
Appearance: Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Great Malt flavors dried fruit and aged barrel flavors where awesome.
Palate: Great BA Finish, with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall: Had a wonderful flavor the beer was strong and can catch you. This had a great barrel flavor and was a near perfect brew.

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